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Mingnan Chen, Ph.D.

Languages spoken: English, Chinese

Academic Information

Departments: Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry - Associate Professor

Academic Office Information

Research Interests

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Vaccines
  • Immune-Tolerant Biomaterials
  • Drug Delivery
  • Biomaterials
  • Metastasis
Mingnan Chen, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University of Utah and a member of the Utah Nano Institute. He is also a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Chen is interested in understanding the interplays between peptide materials and the host immune system and applying this understanding to engineer immune tolerant peptide materials. One such material is immune-tolerant elastin-like polypeptide (iTEP). The second research thrust of Chen’s lab concerns medical applications of iTEPs. One such application is to use iTEP-based vaccine carriers to boost the efficacy of cancer peptide vaccines. Another example of the application is to devise iTEP nanoparticles to deliver anti-metastasis drugs to metastasis-initiating cells, which is expected to inhibit tumor metastasis.

Chen received a bachelor's degree from the Jimei University, a master’s degree from Peking University, and a PhD from the University of Connecticut.

Education History

Postdoctoral Training Duke University, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Drug Delivery
Postdoctoral Training
Doctoral Training University of Connecticut, School of Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Graduate Training Peking University, College of Life Science
Biological Sciences
Undergraduate Jimei University, College of Aquaculture

Global Impact


Description Country
Mingnan Chen. Immune-tolerant elastin-like polypeptide (iTEP) nanoparticle: a “bilingual” nanocarrier that energizes cancer stem cell-targeted therapy. The Affiliated Hospital of Hainan Medical College and the Exchange Program for High-End Foreign Experts. Haikou, Hainan, China China